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Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ASD kicked off GMF’s annual Brussels Forum with discussions on democratic resilience and how democracies can offset autocratic advances. Tune in Friday, June 18 as ASD Cybersecurity Fellow Maurice Turner leads a panel on making cybers [...]

2021-06-15T15:56:30-04:00June 15, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements From June 14 to June 18, 2021, the German Marshall Fund will convene the 16th edition of Brussels Forum under the theme “Reimagining Democracy.” We will be joined by leading stakeholders from the United States and Europe for our discu [...]

2021-06-08T14:34:37-04:00June 8, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take The United States lacks a comprehensive law to regulate Americans' data, opening up vulnerabilities that foreign governments like China and Russia can use to surveil Americans, track intelligence assets or military personnel, develop targe [...]

2021-06-02T10:45:05-04:00June 2, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Democratic backsliding is contagious. Democracies must support one another, share lessons learned, and operate in an alliance to fight against the rise of authoritarianism and build more resilient societies, Director Laura Thornton told Ge [...]

2021-05-26T09:10:03-04:00May 25, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements For our friends on the Hill: Join us on Thursday, May 20 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm for a briefing on contesting China’s techno-authoritarianism by ASD Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman. Register for the briefing here. Our Take [...]

2021-05-18T15:37:00-04:00May 18, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Today we launched the 2021 German Elections Dashboard, an interactive open source tool that will provide summary analysis of topics and themes promoted by influential foreign and domestic messengers during this year’s regional and fed [...]

2021-05-11T16:42:03-04:00May 11, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join GMF Berlin for Elections 2021: Choices for Germany after Merkel on Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. EDT/ 6:00 p.m. CEDT. ASD Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer will give a special presentation to preview ASD’s Germ [...]

2021-05-05T11:47:36-04:00May 4, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ASD has partnered with Globsec to enhance their Alliance for Healthy Infosphere in an effort to craft policies that national governments and European institutions can implement to raise the costs on malign interference, ensure safe en [...]

2021-04-27T15:03:14-04:00April 27, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Congratulations to GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried on her nomination to serve as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs to the Biden administration! The new and improved Hamilton 2.0 dashboard is now live! Wit [...]

2021-04-20T15:52:20-04:00April 20, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join ASD, the Government of Canada, and Microsoft on Wednesday, April 14 at 12:15 p.m. EDT/6:15 p.m. CET for the launch of a Paris Call compendium on countering election interference with Canada’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs [...]

2021-04-13T16:40:26-04:00April 13, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements We're excited to welcome Maurice Turner to the team as our new cybersecurity fellow! He most recently provided technical expertise to the Election Assistance Commission and has worked with local, state, and federal partners to identif [...]

2021-04-07T09:56:34-04:00April 6, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements We are thrilled to announce Laura Thornton as ASD’s new director! She brings deep knowledge of and experience with strengthening democracy around the world. Our Take For nearly a year, our team has documented steps that government, [...]

2021-04-05T11:54:25-04:00March 30, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Ahead of the Biden administration’s first face-to-face meeting with top Chinese officials last week, China Analyst Bryce Barros noted that a reset is unlikely, and Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman explained why Beijing’s “divide [...]

2021-03-24T09:27:01-04:00March 23, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcement In case you missed it, we analyzed more than 35,000 Russian, Chinese, and Iranian vaccine-related messages captured on our Hamilton 2.0 dashboard to understand the impact of these information operations. Tweet us your question to recei [...]

2021-03-16T17:02:41-04:00March 16, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Russia, China, and Iran have been carrying out information operations to manipulate narratives around coronavirus vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. In a new report, we analyze more than 35,000 vaccine-related messages c [...]

2021-03-09T16:26:19-05:00March 9, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take A network of obscure, English-language "news sites" spread disinformation alleging that Ukrainian soldiers died after testing an experimental U.S. coronavirus vaccine. This narrative benefited one entity above all others: the Kremlin, Non- [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:00-05:00March 3, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcement Join GMF and the Slovak Embassy in the United States on Thursday, February 25 for a discussion on Slovak and U.S. efforts to strengthen democracy and combat corruption and kleptocracy with Slovakian Justice Minister Mária Kolíková, GMF [...]

2021-02-23T16:29:27-05:00February 23, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take To combat corruption and kleptocracy, the Biden administration should push for a landmark international agreement to end offshore financial secrecy everywhere, Malign Finance Fellow Josh Rudolph said on “The Power Vertical.” Artificial int [...]

2021-02-16T17:43:38-05:00February 16, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Today we expanded the Authoritarian Interference Tracker to include activities by China’s government to undermine democratic states and institutions in the transatlantic community since 2000. In addition to tracking acts of Russian in [...]

2021-02-09T15:54:47-05:00February 9, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take President Biden should establish a Presidential Commission on Election Resilience and Trust to identify best practices and make recommendations to ensure that more Americans believe our elections are legitimate, Elections Integrity Fellow [...]

2021-02-02T15:54:01-05:00February 2, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements On 5G, is Germany selling out Europe to China? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minue live snap debate with MEP Reinhard Bütikofer and the Atlantic Council’s Julia Friedlander, moderated by Senior Fellow Kristine Berzina, on Wednesday, January 27 [...]

2021-01-27T09:23:56-05:00January 26, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Congratulations to ASD founder and Director Laura Rosenberger, who has been selected as senior director for China at the National Security Council. We are excited for her and thankful for her leadership and vision over the past four y [...]

2021-01-19T17:16:33-05:00January 19, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Germany’s efforts to defend its September elections from foreign interference, particularly stemming from Russia, will be important to watch this year, Elections Integrity Fellow David Levine writes in a GMF blog post. Hamilton 2.0 Analys [...]

2021-01-19T10:05:04-05:00January 12, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take We asked each of our experts to put forth one recommendation that would make the United States—and the community of liberal democracies to which it belongs—safer, stronger, and freer in 2021. Here’s what they said. To help overcome partisa [...]

2021-01-08T14:21:00-05:00January 5, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements The Securing Democracy Dispatch will be on hiatus next week. We will return to your inbox on January 5, 2021. Our Take We asked each of our experts to put forth one recommendation that would make the United States—and the community [...]

2020-12-22T14:22:42-05:00December 22, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take ICYMI, last week we hosted a discussion with Jessica Brandt, Eric Edelman, Samantha Power, and Kori Schake on steps the United States can take to regain the initiative in the emerging competition with autocracies. One big takeaway: Strengt [...]

2020-12-16T09:25:30-05:00December 15, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us for a virtual discussion with Jessica Brandt, Eric Edelman, Samantha Power, and Kori Schake on how the United States can succeed in a persistent, asymmetric competition with authoritarians on Thursday, December 10 at 10:30am E [...]

2020-12-09T11:32:23-05:00December 8, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Thank you for being a subscriber and friend to ASD. We hope you will consider supporting our bipartisan work during this season of giving. Your contribution will advance cutting-edge research and support tools such as the Hamilton 2.0 [...]

2020-12-02T10:18:44-05:00December 1, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Thank you for being a subscriber and friend to ASD. We hope you will consider supporting our bipartisan work during this season of giving. Your contribution will advance cutting-edge research and support tools such as the Hamilton 2.0 [...]

2020-11-25T09:16:05-05:00November 24, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take European reliance on Russian natural gas serves as a cautionary tale of what could come if Europe becomes dependent on China for 5G technology—although the risks this time around are higher, and Europe has significantly less time to addres [...]

2020-11-17T16:04:33-05:00November 17, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take ICYMI, in mid-2020, ASD convened a bipartisan task force of 30 leading experts to devise a national strategy for the United States to regain the initiative in the emerging competition against autocracies. Our new report builds upon the tas [...]

2020-11-10T15:56:32-05:00November 10, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take The next generation of Internet technologies will have an outsized impact on the geopolitical contest between democracy and authoritarianism. Democracies will need to take a multilateral, values-based approach to the development and use of [...]

2020-10-28T09:42:52-04:00October 27, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take This summer, ASD convened a group of experts for a simulation to assess how government, social media platforms, and campaigns’ policies and practices have adapted to face foreign interference since 2016. The exercise revealed that while si [...]

2020-10-20T15:19:23-04:00October 20, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Is the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran working? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minute live snap debate with Richard Nephew and Mark Dubowitz, moderated by ASD Middle East Fellow Ariane Tabatabai, on Thursday, October 15 [...]

2020-10-13T17:00:35-04:00October 13, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Please join GMF for a virtual discussion with U.S. election officials on preparations different states are making to mitigate election security risks on Monday, October 12, at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST. Register here. Our Take Malign [...]

2020-10-07T10:06:04-04:00October 6, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST/5:00pm EEST for an interactive, virtual discussion on the threat malign financial activity poses to democracies across the transatlantic space, co-hosted by the European Centre [...]

2020-09-30T12:36:38-04:00September 30, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST/5:00pm EEST for an interactive, virtual discussion on the threat malign financial activity poses to democracies across the transatlantic space, co-hosted by the European Centre [...]

2020-09-23T12:54:03-04:00September 23, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Co-Directors Zack Cooper and Laura Rosenberger will join the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware for a virtual conversation on election security and combating disinformation on September 21 at 7:00pm EDT. Register here.  Ou [...]

2020-09-15T14:14:58-04:00September 15, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Should Chinese diplomats be banned on Twitter? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minute live snap debate with U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher and Member of the European Parliament Miriam Lexmann, moderated by ASD’s Emerging Technologies Fellow [...]

2020-09-08T16:52:45-04:00September 8, 2020|By |
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